detail inherent in our sculptures is created as each piece is cast by the
"cire perdue," or "Lost Wax" method, dating back to
ancient Egypt and refined in Rome and later in Paris.
After a mold is
created from an original sculpture, wax is poured into the mold, and after
hardening and removing the mold, all the details are perfected. The
wax impression is encased inside and out with refined clay. Once the
clay set, the wax impression is fired in a kiln; the wax melts out of the
clay mold, and is "lost." The void created by the melted
wax in the clay mold is then filled with molten brass, which is identical
to the wax impression it replaced.
The clay mold
surrounding and inside the sculpture is delicately removed, revealing the
cast sculpture, which is subsequently finished by buffing, polishing and
patinizing to give the piece its final verdigris (green-grey) or bronze
labor-intensive method of lost wax casting produces unique sculptures with
exceptionally fine detail of lasting durability, and which are
aesthetically warm and ruggedly handsome. Each piece is cast and
assembled by our artists one at a time, just as the originals were.
Variations in color, finish, size
and shape will occur due to the individual craftsmanship inherent in the